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Unique Critique: Pre-E3 VIDEO SPECIAL

Unique Critique has its first VIDEO SPECIAL!!!!!! I figured this would be a bit more special then my usual walls of text! yeah... my laptop has a pretty shitty Webcam, but the audio is decent. Let me know what you think, expect the E3 follow up Unique Critiques to be done in a similar fashion,

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Unique Critique: MASSIVE CHALICE! Kickstarter

So the other day I was on Twitter and suddenly I noticed Tim Schafer say they had something exciting to announce soon... Now if you don't know me, I freakin' ADORE Tim Schafer and I LOVE Double Fine, so things like this get me REALLY hyped up!   Needless to say a few hours pass and I see this...     Yep, you heard right! Double Fine launched their second Kickstarter project and it is called MASSIVE CHALICE!   http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/doublefine/double-fines-massive-chalice

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Unique Critique: Console Conundrum!

MAN! Have I been busy lately! Anyway Unique Critique is back and here to critique things... uniquely in some sort of way... I guess.   So how about them console launches lately! WOW!   Basically if you exist on the internet you've probably heard of the big new video game consoles that have been gather quite the buzz recently. Most of what I see is confusion, and perhaps a lot of the fog will be lifted when E3 comes around.   Though a video game console is a HUGE investment. There's the cos

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Hype List: Top 13 Most Anticipated 3DS Games

So like I've said earlier I've made the worthwhile investment of purchasing a 3DS. But unfortunately I haven't gotten any games yet for the things, so I'm pretty game hungry right now. Since I'm starting at square one this Hype List will include 13 games I'm anticipating from the ENTIRE 3DS library, past, present, and future! Any and all games are eligible to win, but only 13 will make my Hype List.   (NOTE: This is a list based purely on personal taste. I'm not picking the "best", just the o

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I Just Bought A 3DS

So... I'm a bit late to the party...   But yeah just last weekend I purchased a 3DS (a standard Purple, I should get a Twilight Sparkle sticker for it, its so cute!)! I bought one because surprisingly the 3DS seems like the best worth while investment in any current or future console (Wii U needs a better package, more memory space would be preferable).   So far I really haven't done much with it... I didn't have enough cash to buy any games sadly. Though I'll probably be buying the new Fir

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News Critique: Nintendo Direct 2.14.2013 "The (Y)ear of Luigi"

Of course you can just watch it for yourself!       2013 is the (Y)ear of Luigi! And man does Luigi deserve some love! He's been pushed in the background for so long and rarely gets the limelight. He's the Understudy to the prolific Mario!   So of course the first big celebration in the Year of Luigi is the release of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS coming next month. Man am I HYPED for this game! It's been years since I've played the original that launched the GameCube (one of my favor

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Know Your Developer

You know what really gets on my nerves? People who can't get their developers right!   Recently I had a discussion with my friends about the THQ Bundle that just went on recently, and I chose to opt out of. I didn't want to help the cause not just on principle or my opinion on the company, but mostly because I didn't care for the games they were selling. Darksiders, Company of Heroes, Red Faction: Armageddon and Saints Row The Third (if you beat the average). On paper this sounds like a good d

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The Hype List: 2013's Top 13 Anticipated Videogames

THE HYPE LIST 2013's Top 13   So lately I've been doing a lot of looking backward which has made me feel like the old man who often complains that "they didn't make these like they did back in my day!" And well, I'm 18 and I shouldn't be acting like an old man. I should be looking forward to our future with youth and optimism.   And with video games we may have a good year a head of us. Yes, I've been looking back at my "Dolphin Days" nostalgia for a while now, but I shouldn't soon forget t

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Game Design Musing: Torrent

So here's a game design idea that is actually based off of a dream I had not too long ago.   Basically in the dream I woke up to discover that there was a MASSIVE flood and everything for miles or perhaps the entire world was nearly submerged in water. However I survived the flood because it didn't reach my bed room. I had to adapt to this new world by making a raft and explore the New World Ocean, searching for supplies, looking for survivors, keeping a careful eye out for raiders, looking fo

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First Impressions?: Paper Mario Sticker Star (3DS)

Now I can't quite call this an official review because well... I haven't personally played the title in question, which it sounds like a RIDICULOUS notion to review a game before you play it, but I still feel like writing my thoughts on the game anyway. I have played the other 3 Paper Mario titles and I have watched the beginnings of a Let's Play of the title in question. This alone I feel is enough for me to make an educated criticism of the game even without physically playing it myself. I l

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First Impressions: MLP:FIM SE3:EP6 "Sleepless in Ponyville"

Well... technically the title it misleading. Most of the episode takes place outside of Ponyville and there is in fact sleep. 0/10   Nah. just kidding!   Quite the contrary, this episode is more of a 10 really! Seriously, this episode is easily the best of the season so far and one of my new favorites. I think what really works for this episode is that A) its the first episode where Scootaloo is the main character it feels like a season 1 episode. What I mean is that it starts off a new r

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Dolphin Days: My Holiday Nintendo GameCube Wish List

Oh the old DOL-001! How I missed you so! So today I decided to dig up my old Nintendo GameCube (which I've affectionately nicknamed Ol' Dolphin) to see if it still works. My Nintendo Wii has been on the fritz recently and it may be time to put it out to pasture, and no sense replacing it since the Wii U has launched... though I can think of ONE solid reason; backwards compatibility.   Though sadly, the start of the Wii U marks the official end of the Nintendo GameCube. I guess to cut costs th

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First Impressions: MLP:FiM SE3:EP5 "Magic Duel"

Alright so I'm pretty late with this one. I slept for like 14 hours all day yesterday and forgot that the episode was even yesterday, so it took me a while to get around to watching it.   Now on to the episode...   I rather liked it. I like the idea of returning villains since MLPFiM has a pretty neat cast of villains, and Trixie is one of the show's first smaller antagonists and one of the most popular.   I guess since the episode is like a sequel I'd have to share what I thought on the f

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Game Design Musing: Junkyard Punk

So with this whole Amnesia Fortnight thing going on at Double Fine, I've felt pretty inspired to muse over game design ideas myself. The developers at Double Fine came up with quite a few neat game design pitches, some were of course better than others. But watching this whole experience has been really inspiring! It brings me back to the days that I looked at games less cynically and I often liked to imagine how I'd make my own!   I guess in the spirit of Amnesia Fortnight I've came up with m

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Amnesia Fortnight 2012 Pitch Reviews

Amnesia Fortnight 2012 Review   So one of the coolest events in video game development is happening RIGHT NOW! And its called Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight!   Essentially what Amnesia Fortnight is is when the Double Fine (known for Monkey Island, Brutal Legend, and Psychonauts, headed by the legendary Tim Schafer) decides to take a break and drop whatever they are doing, go into a development AMNESIA one may say, and start working on new prototypes for a full two weeks, or a FORTNIGHT som

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LA Game Space

So a while back I was told about a fresh new interesting Kickstarter called the LA Game Space. I wasn't quite sure exactly what it was, so I had to take a look into it. And what I saw looks FANTASTIC!   http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lagamespace/la-game-space-a-place-for-re-imagining-video-games   Essentially the Kickstarter for LA Game Space is to help fund a huge video gaming project. Its a place, in LA of course, where developers of various Indie Games can come together and talk abo

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Studio Ghibli Marathon: Part 1, "Romantic Depression"

So like many people I am a HUGE fan of a Japanese animation studio named Studio Ghibli! Studio Ghibli is best known for their movies such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away   Though for the longest time I haven't seen a large chunk of the Studio Ghibli library, so I'm correcting that today by watching a bunch of Ghibli animations that I haven't watched!   I figured since I'm doing this I might as well take a break to write a few mini-reviews on the movies, spoiler free of course!   --

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First Impressions: MLP:FIM SE3:EP4 "One Bad Apple"

One Bad Apple? More like One Bad Episode!   Okay, okay, I kid! I guess Pinkie Pie got me in the mood to make some bad puns!   But I guess I'm not all that impressed with the new episode. Its not really bad, but rather its generic. Normally I'm okay with MLP:FiM picking up these really generic plot structures because they usually have a pretty original spin on it, but it really doesn't pay off this time in my opinion.   It has the usual CMC episode adorableness, so if you are looking for ju

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First Impressions: MLP:FIM SE3:EP3 "Too Many Pinkie Pies"

Well... I suppose its safe to say we all knew this was going to be quite an episode. I mean just in its description it sounds like a Brony's dream come true! "Moar Pink Pone!" Plus a clone plot is just PERFECT for Pinkie Pie!   ...And I'm kinda surprised it didn't go as well as I thought it would. Don't get me wrong, I liked the episode, I just think it could've been done SO much better!   One major flaw is that the episode is REALLY annoying! If you are like me who hates constant repetition

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First Impressions: MLPFIM Season 3 Premiere [Spoiler Free]

First Impressions, is a new segment on my Critique blog where I just give overall, spoiler-free, impressions on something that I just saw that is rather new. The difference between this and a regular review is that I hardly give myself time to really critically think about certain elements of a show or movie or whatever and its just a quick thing about how I felt about it. I'll normally follow it up with a full review some time later on.   ---   Now what did I think about Season 3's premie

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2012: A Good Movie Year

I remember awhile back when my family decided to go to the movies, they all decided to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Now I really don't like that series for multiple reasons so I had to choose another movie to see while they watch their movie. To my dismay there was slim pickings at that time where all the movies were pretty boring looking. I asked for a ticket to see Paranormal Activity 3, not because I really care for the movie but its a flick my friends saw and enjoyed so I mi

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Silent Protagonist

Okay answer this question, "Is there such thing as a good silent protagonist?"   I often wonder this question, because to me a silent protagonist can pretty much be a story killer. By silent protagonist I refer to a main character who expresses no words and no emotion throughout the whole story. This sounds like something that should be unheard of, but in the world of videogames it happens much more than you think!   Now in older 16-Bit era games this is common because with the technology it

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GOTY Speculation: The Assassin vs The Super Soldier

Alright so the November releases are coming upon us and usually this is a rather great time to be a huge fan of video games. November tends to be the BIG MONTH for HUGE RELEASES to come in before the holidays.   The biggest of upcoming releases as far as console games go are; Assassin's Creed III, Halo 4, and Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (haha, I don't much care for that last one)   Both games seem to be head to head in competition for which one I want to choose as my favorite of the year. Unfor

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Video Game Critique: Pokemon Black and White 2

Alright so I'm just about done with my Pokemon Black 2 playthrough and I figured I'd drop by and tell you what I think of it.   Well if you know me I am by far not one of those Gen 1 fanboys. I never quite got them and why they hold these older generations of Pokemon in such high regard. I guess its a nostalgia thing. I always hear that each new generation is exactly the same as the last, but worse in some way whether its the legendaries or design of each new Pokemon. I hear a lot that the new

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The End of the Rental Era

Ah yes, I remember the days when you wanted to watch a movie and perhaps you did not own said movie. Well before Netflix neatly streamed thousands of flicks on to your television screen and you did not feel like paying full price for a movie you had to drive out to your local movie rental shop.   Within the last few years I've been tossed around to at least 3 different shops, each one having to close up shop to make way for the digital revolution. I guess its just typical of an ever changing m

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